Changing Gears and Kicking It Up A Notch...

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

I've been following a Bootcamp Style program for over 3 weeks now. I have lost around 11 pounds in those 3 weeks and several inches all over my body. AWESOME. However; I feel that it is time to Kick it up a Notch. Bump up the intensity and strictness of the routine, REALLY give it everything I've got.

I've owned a book by Bill Phillips for about 3 years now called Body For Life. I was feeling bored with my routine the other day and pulled it out to look it over again. Back a few years ago when I first bought it and attenpted the program I felt that it was way too restrictive. I wasn't willing to give up my burgers and fries and beer to get the health and body I wanted. Well here it is in my 4th week and I haven't had a burger or beer in weeks and I think I'm ready. Ready to give up all of the stuff that's holding me back from where I want to be.

Burgers, ice cream, fatty foods, cigarettes, and alcohol have always stood in my way to becoming who I wanted to be on the outside and inside. Not anymore. Yesterday I smoked my last cigarette at 1:20PM. Here it is 18 hours later and everyone who lives in the house with me is still alive...(that's a miracle folks I'm serious.) One of my best friends told me yesterday I was plumb crazy to try to quit cold turkey during the summer with the kids at home and, I told her that after all that I have put my body through these past 3 weeks I was ready for a challenge. I welcome the adversity to make my mind stronger.

Back to Body For Life. The program is simple. Eat 6 small CLEAN(nothing processed and all whole foods) meals a day that are balanced in quality proteins and Complex Carbohydrates, and eat at least 3 servings of veggies with your meals a day. I started following the BFL eating plan a few days ago and I must say I'm NEVER hungry. I thought there was no way I could eat 6 times a day but really it's not that hard. It just takes planning and preparation the night before. You also drink 10-12 glasses of water a day which I have been doing for nearly a month now. The exercise program is TOUGH. But my body is ready for the challenge now that I've been training boot camp style for the past 3 weeks.

3 days a week are weight training days, and 3 days a week are cardio days. Sundays are free days from exercise and the diet aspect of the program. (I'm not sure if I will be taking free days or not since i'm competing for 25,000.00 CASH

I think the challenge is just what I needed right now or that book wouldn't have jumped off the shelf at me. I've already set my goals, planned a week's worth of meals, gone shopping and I'm starting on Monday. In 12 weeks I'm going to be a whole new person. And I can't wait!
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    Stay the course and don't give up. You haven't so far and you already have proven to yourself that you've got what it takes to get what you really want!

    I'm so inspired by you!

    4541 days ago
    Ok you have inspired me to get the book. You are doing great. Your attitude is shining through. Keep up the good work and keep us posted on your progress.
    4542 days ago
    The Boidy for Life cookbook is the best one I've ever owned. I use it for great balanced recipies even when I'm not "following the diet." Now, if I could just boot camp like you and get in the hard-core exercise, I'd be in great shape (pun intended).
    4542 days ago
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